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Celebrating the Voices of Hispanic Culture, Impact and Future | Microsoft Latinx

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For over half a century, it has become tradition in the U.S. to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15th to October 15th. This is a month of celebration, tribute and pride for those of us that relate to the Hispanic/Latinx culture, either because we are part of it, or because we have grown fond of this community and feel a connectionBut, this is also a time for reflection.

For some time now, our community has been going through challenging times deriving from strong external narratives that fail to represent our beauty, our diversity and the real challenges that we face today and in the past. Stories that attempt to create deep social divisions. Stories that intend to tear down the very fabric of what the Hispanic and Latinx communities truly represent 

HOLA Team

As a Latino and Executive Sponsor of HOLA (Hispanic & Latinx Organization of Leaders in Action), Microsoft’s Hispanic/Latinx Employee Resource Group, I have learned so much on my journey to represent and propel the Latino culture in the USA. It’s just amazing to see the positive impact that Latinos have daily.  On one hand, 86% of all new US businesses have been launched by Latinos over the last decade and Latinas create small businesses 6x faster than any other group in the country.[1] Latino GDP was $2.13 Trillion in 2015, and it’s growing 70% faster than the rest of the economy.[2] 

Latinos are contributing to the very fabric of this country and that is why it is extremely important that our individual voices and personal stories of struggles, achievements and contributions to the North American culture continue to collectively rise.  Hispanic Heritage Month is a perfect moment to share the true narrative of who we are, and the great impact and role each one of us plays in society.  

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To honor Hispanic Heritage Month, Microsoft is celebrating Latinx culture and inspirational stories through Our Voz.  This will include local events in the community, celebrations, as well as stories from our own Latinx employees who are making an impact in the community.  

Microsoft HOLA, in partnership with our Global Diversity and Inclusion team and our many internal allies across all businesses, have established strong partnerships with key stakeholders in the Latino community.  By joining forces, we have helped accelerate progress across a wide range of topics from our own internal culture and ability to bring our true selves to work, to supporting families through immigration challengesimproving education, and much more. We would like to take the opportunity to recognize and thank these organizations for their partnership and the great work they do every day to make a difference for our community.  You can view the full list of partner organizations below. 

It is my belief that through empathy, mutual understanding and purposeful action we can make a lasting, bigger impact that changes how we experience the world – and how the world experiences us. Please visit microsoft.com/en-us/hispanic-heritage-month/default.aspx for the most current news and opportunities to celebrateengage and be inspired. If you want to learn more about broader initiatives for diversity and inclusion at Microsoft please visit here.  

Let’s continue this conversation and share our stories to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month! Follow me on Twitter, @alvarocelis and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/alcelis/.

 

[1] Hispanic Sentiment Study, Xeno Group 2018  

[2] Latino Donor Collaborative  

 

H.O.L.A Partner Organizations  

  • ALPFA
    ALPFA’s mission: To empower and develop Latino men and women as leaders of character for the nation, in every sector of the global economy. 
  • DigiGirlz
    DigiGirlz is Microsoft’s own global outreach program that gives middle and high school girls opportunities to learn about careers in technology, connect with Microsoft employees, and participate in hands-on computer and technology workshops. 
  • HACR
    HACR’s Mission is to advance the inclusion of Hispanics in Corporate America at a level commensurate with our economic contributions. 
  • HITEC Global  
    HITEC is a premier global executive leadership organization of senior business and technology executives who have built outstanding careers in technology. HITEC’s premiere network spans the Americas and is focused on building stronger technology and executive leaders, leadership teams, corporations, and role models in a rapidly changing, flatter, and technology centric world.  
  • IPLI 
    The “HNBA/Microsoft IP Law Institute” provides opportunities for Latino students interested in intellectual property law. This summer, up to twenty-five Latino law students from law schools across the country will be chosen to participate in an IP immersion program in Washington, DC. Candidates are selected in a highly competitive process, and the selected students are provided substantive instruction, the opportunity to observe first-hand U.S. IP institutions at work, and the chance to meet leading members of the IP legal community who will serve as mentors and potentially provide pathways for future job opportunities. 
  • iUrbanTeen 
    Mission: To expose and inspire underrepresented youth to become tomorrow’s business and technology leaders. iUrban Teen is a nationally recognized program focused on bringing career focused education to underrepresented teens ages 13 to 18. Youth receive hands-on exposure to a variety of careers and civic engagement that step them outside of their current boundaries. Our target demographics are African American, Latino and Native American males, however, the program is inclusive of all youth.
  • KIND (Kids in need of Defense)
    Microsoft, along with Angelina Jolie, founded KIND in 2008 to provide legal services to unaccompanied children entering the U.S.  Brad Smith Microsoft President is also KIND Chairman of the Board.  Many of our Microsoft in house attorneys and other professionals work on KIND cases on a pro bono basis, and Microsoft also supports for a KIND fellow, an attorney who works for KIND and supports Microsoft’s pro bono efforts.  More information about KIND can be found Here  
  • LatinaGeeks  
    Empowering and inspiring adult Latinas by sharing technical knowledge, business skills, and entrepreneurship resources through hands-on workshops and community events. 
  • Nuevo Foundation
    Inspiring kids to be curious, confident, and courageous by discovering the world of STEM. 
    Offers coding workshops that provide hands on opportunities for students to learn real-world problem-solving skills using coding, hardware and their own imagination. 
    Also, offers virtual sessions to share the stories of people who have succeeded in STEM fields with students worldwide. 
    Lastly, offer speaker engagements to motivate students to pursue STEM education. 
  • SHPE
    SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development. 
  • Tapia conference
    The Tapia conference is the premier venue to acknowledge, promote and celebrate diversity in computing. 
  • TECHNOLOchicas
    Microsoft is a sponsor of TECHNOLOchicas, a campaign of our strategic partner, the National Center for Women and Information Technologies (NCWIT) and the Televisa Foundation to increase the visibility and participation of Latinas in technology.    Each campaign year a Latina Microsoft technologist serves as one of the TECHNOLOchica Ambassadors featured in the campaign video and social media assets and represents our company at TECHNOLOchica events. 
  • We Are All Human Foundation 
    We use the power of dialogue to create understanding and remind us that united, we are stronger. 

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For Sale – Memory, Motherboard, & Processor.

All items are taken from a working PC,
All items are around a year and half old,
But they haven’t been used for just over a year (PC has just sat on the side unplugged)
No box’s for any of the items, but they will be packed well.
Would prefer to sell to forum members with high feedback so I can send first
And then item can be checked before payment.

Collection welcome.

BT or Paypal
Advertised Elsewhere.
Thanks,

Memory:
2 x HyperX HX318C10F/8 FURY Series 8 GB DDR3 1866 MHz CL10 DIMM Memory Module, Blue
Price £65 Delivered
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Motherboard:
Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 motherboard 990FX Socket AM3+ DDR3 SATA3 USB2.0 ATX
Price £65 Delivered
———————

Processor:
AMD FX8320 Black Edition 8 Core (3.5/4.0GHz, 8MB Level 3 Cache, 8MB Level 2 Cache, Socket AM3+, 125W, Retail Boxed)
Price £40 Delivered

Price and currency: £65, £65, £40
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: Milton Keynes
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For Sale – Memory, Motherboard, & Processor.

All items are taken from a working PC,
All items are around a year and half old,
But they haven’t been used for just over a year (PC has just sat on the side unplugged)
No box’s for any of the items, but they will be packed well.
Would prefer to sell to forum members with high feedback so I can send first
And then item can be checked before payment.

Collection welcome.

BT or Paypal
Advertised Elsewhere.
Thanks,

Memory:
2 x HyperX HX318C10F/8 FURY Series 8 GB DDR3 1866 MHz CL10 DIMM Memory Module, Blue
Price £65 Delivered
———————

Motherboard:
Asus SABERTOOTH 990FX R2.0 motherboard 990FX Socket AM3+ DDR3 SATA3 USB2.0 ATX
Price £65 Delivered
———————

Processor:
AMD FX8320 Black Edition 8 Core (3.5/4.0GHz, 8MB Level 3 Cache, 8MB Level 2 Cache, Socket AM3+, 125W, Retail Boxed)
Price £40 Delivered

Price and currency: £65, £65, £40
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: BT or PPG
Location: Milton Keynes
Advertised elsewhere?: Advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference

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  • Name and address including postcode
  • Valid e-mail address

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Apple transparency report shows national security requests rising

The Apple transparency report for the second half of 2017 showed national security requests on the rise, and the number of devices included in requests is up sharply.

The latest semiannual Apple Report on Government and Private Party Requests for Customer Information detailed requests by governments around the world from July 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2017. According to Apple, although overall device requests are down, governments around the world have been using fewer requests to attempt to get information on far more accounts.

The Apple transparency report showed a slight year-over-year decrease in the total number of device requests received worldwide (30,184 in the second half of 2016 versus 29,718 in H2 2017), but the number of devices impacted by those requests more than doubled from 151,105 to 309,362.

Apple is not alone in receiving more government data requests; Google has reported similar increases, but Apple noted it has complied with a higher percentage of government data requests in the second half of 2017 (79%) compared to the same time period in 2016 (72%).

Apple’s transparency report shows the company has been complying with more of the government requests across multiple request types. Apple’s compliance with financial information requests was up year over year from 76% to 85%; account-based request compliance was up from 79% to 82%; and only compliance with emergency requests went down from 86% to 82%.

National security requests also rose sharply, according to the Apple transparency report. In the second half of 2016, Apple received between 5,750 and 5,999 national security requests and complied with the majority of them (between 4,750 and 4,999). In the same time period in 2017, Apple received more than 16,000 national security requests, but only provided data to the U.S. government in about half of those cases.

Richard Goldberg, principal and litigator at the law firm Goldberg & Clements in Washington, D.C., said he was struck by the large percentage of U.S. government requests made by either national security request or subpoena.

“Although Apple has challenged certain government requests aggressively in public, we don’t know how aggressive the company has been in private — which is especially relevant because these requests typically do not require a judge’s approval,” Goldberg said via email. “So the government collects this information, and it may never see the inside of a courtroom.”

Additional information

Goldberg added that the general level of detail in Apple’s transparency report is helpful, but suggested Apple “should break out administrative subpoenas from all other types.”

“Administrative subpoenas can have broad scope, because they often need only be related to something the agency is permitted to investigate, and they need not be connected to a grand jury proceeding or active litigation,” Goldberg said. “It’s a one-sided way for the government to demand information with little to no oversight, unless the recipient chooses to fight. And we don’t know how Apple makes that decision.”

According to Apple, the predominant reason for financial information requests around the world was credit card and iTunes gift card fraud and in multiple regions — including the U.S. — a “high number of devices specified in requests [was] predominantly due to device repair fraud investigations, fraudulent purchase investigations and stolen device investigations.”

It is unclear what data in the Apple transparency report correlates to the allegedly large number of devices the FBI and other law enforcement cannot access due to encryption, nor is it clear which data in the report correlates to iCloud backup data, which Apple has previously admitted to handing over to law enforcement.

SearchSecurity contacted Apple for clarification on these issues and Apple referred to its Legal Process Guidelines, which detailed the types of data in iCloud backups that Apple would be able to provide to law enforcement, including the subscriber’s name, address, email, telephone, mail logs, email content, iMessage data, SMS, photos and contacts.

However, Apple did note in the report that it would be adding “government requests to take down Apps from the App Store in instances related to alleged violations of legal and/or policy provisions,” starting with the transparency report for the second half of 2018.

VPNFilter malware infects 500,000 devices for massive Russian botnet

On the same day researchers reported a new modular malware system that infected at least half a million networking devices, the FBI seized a key domain that served as backup for the malware’s command and control infrastructure.

The new malware, known as VPNFilter, was found to be infecting small office and home office (SOHO) routers and network-attached storage (NAS) devices from several different vendors. Researchers at Cisco Talos discovered the malware and published their preliminary results before their investigation was complete to give users a better chance at protecting their interests from an attack they believed was sponsored or affiliated with a nation state threat actor.

“Both the scale and the capability of this operation are concerning. Working with our partners, we estimate the number of infected devices to be at least 500,000 in at least 54 countries,” wrote Cisco Talos threat researcher William Largent in a blog post. “The behavior of this malware on networking equipment is particularly concerning, as components of the VPNFilter malware allows for theft of website credentials and monitoring of Modbus SCADA protocols.”

In addition to these threats, the researchers determined that VPNFilter also “has a destructive capability that can render an infected device unusable, which can be triggered on individual victim machines or en masse, and has the potential of cutting off internet access for hundreds of thousands of victims worldwide.”

Cisco Talos said the VPNFilter malware “is a multi-stage, modular platform with versatile capabilities to support both intelligence-collection and destructive cyber attack operations.” The first stage of the malware is persistent on the internet of things devices it infects and provides a mechanism for the second stage of the malware to be deployed. Stage two of the VPNFilter malware persists only in memory and can be mitigated by rebooting the affected system, but removing the first stage of the infection is more difficult.

The primary means of delivering stage two of the VPNFilter malware is through IP addresses identified in EXchangable Image File (EXIF) metadata for images stored on the Photobucket website.

Researchers determined that the VPNFilter command and control (C&C) infrastructure used a backup domain, “toknowalI.com,” to deliver the second stage of malware to infected devices if the primary means of identifying the C&C server is unavailable. By sinkholing the botnet C&C server — redirecting traffic from infected botnet devices to the C&C controller — the FBI was able to reduce the threat from the campaign.

Justice Department steps in

Seizure of the domain was put into effect after the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Pennsylvania obtained court orders authorizing the FBI to seize the domain used by the VPNFilter malware’s command-and-control infrastructure.

John Demers, assistant attorney general for national security, said in the Justice Department announcement that “This operation is the first step in the disruption of a botnet that provides the Sofacy actors with an array of capabilities that could be used for a variety of malicious purposes, including intelligence gathering, theft of valuable information, destructive or disruptive attacks, and the misattribution of such activities.”

The Justice Department attributed the attack to the Sofacy Group, which is also known as APT28, Pawn Storm, Fancy Bear and other aliases.

About the VPNFilter malware

Cisco Talos reported vendors were affected by VPNFilter, including Linksys, MikroTik, NETGEAR and TP-Link SOHO routers and networking equipment as well as QNAP network-attached storage (NAS) devices.

The researchers cited the resemblance of the malware to the BlackEnergy malware that targeted devices in Ukraine in previous campaigns, and indications that the new malware was attacking systems in Ukraine at “an alarming rate” with a C&C infrastructure “dedicated to that country.”

Cisco Talos recommended that device owners reboot their devices, reset them to factory settings, and download and install the most recent patches for the devices. The Justice Department noted that while “devices will remain vulnerable to reinfection with the second stage malware while connected to the Internet, these efforts maximize opportunities to identify and remediate the infection worldwide in the time available before Sofacy actors learn of the vulnerability in their command-and-control infrastructure.”

Xiaomi Air 13

Looking to spend around £500, already own one but the offer half now want’s one.

What have you got?

Thanks.

Location: Suffolk

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Crucial DDR4 2133 8GB

I have had this in my PC for a about a year and a half and am upgrading to some 16GB Corsair LPX so I no longer have any need for this.

Has worked with no issues in my PC.

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Price and currency: £50
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal or BT
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference…

Crucial DDR4 2133 8GB

Crucial DDR4 2133 8GB

I have had this in my PC for a about a year and a half and am upgrading to some 16GB Corsair LPX so I no longer have any need for this.

Has worked with no issues in my PC.

View attachment 1002733

Price and currency: £50
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal or BT
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference…

Crucial DDR4 2133 8GB

Crucial DDR4 2133 8GB

I have had this in my PC for a about a year and a half and am upgrading to some 16GB Corsair LPX so I no longer have any need for this.

Has worked with no issues in my PC.

View attachment 1002733

Price and currency: £50
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal or BT
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference…

Crucial DDR4 2133 8GB

Crucial DDR4 2133 8GB

I have had this in my PC for a about a year and a half and am upgrading to some 16GB Corsair LPX so I no longer have any need for this.

Has worked with no issues in my PC.

View attachment 1002733

Price and currency: £50
Delivery: Delivery cost is included within my country
Payment method: PayPal or BT
Location: London
Advertised elsewhere?: Not advertised elsewhere
Prefer goods collected?: I have no preference…

Crucial DDR4 2133 8GB